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Please Join Refugee & Immigration Ministries For These Fun, Learning and
Action Opportunites
at General Assembly July 2017

1.  EVERY DAY--Visit our Display in the DHM Area (#202) and BE AN ADVOCACY SUPERHERO!
Come make a call in the "superhero booth" to share your support for refugees, immigrants, and farmworkers. Then, choose your favorite superhero mask and take a picture to share as an "Advocacy Superhero!" #DOC4justice Exhibit Hall hours will be: Sat./Mon/Tues. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sharon Stanley-Rea
Wilma Shuffitt
with RIM Director, Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, to consider how YOUR congregation and area can best support refugee and immigrant families! Visit the booth to find Sharon, email her at:,or call her cell phone at: 202-957-7826. Also, meet Ministry Associate Wilma Shuffitt at the booth on Tuesday morning!       
Kick off the Assembly by proclaiming your commitment to immigrant, racial, and institutional justice for all families!! The event is sponsored by RIM together with multiple other Disciples ministries.  Come to Room 103 in the Convention Center by no later than 2:45 p.m. on Saturday to prepare for the several block march. Bring your favorite signs! OR, make your own signs in Room 103 on Friday night or Saturday afternoon before the march. Use #DOC4justice to tweet about the rally.

  4.  Sunday--JOIN IN WORSHIP WITH RIM'S DIRECTOR, PREACHING AT DOWNEY AVE. Christian Church! Join in worship at 10:15 a.m. at Downey Avenue Christian Church, 1 11 S. Downey Avenue, where Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea will be preaching on Genesis 18:1-15 "Tent Talks: How Might God Demonstrate Hospitality?". Transportation and lunch are provided for GA participants. Go here for details

5.  Monday-SUPPORT GA RESOLUTION #1723, "On Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Communities." Go here to read the resolution. The resolution is set for discussion in the Monday afternoon business meeting; likely between 2-4 p.m.

Also on Monday, REGISTER AND DIAL IN at 4 p.m. Eastern Time to our Interfaith Immigration Coalition Webinar: "Five Ways We Can Defund the Detention and Deportation Machine." To See the Webinar:

Audio only: +1 (202) 602-1295, conference ID: 354-977-836#

RSVP here to receive all documents and recording following the call:

6.  Tuesday-LEARN WHAT DISCIPLES CAN DO TO SUPPORT REFUGEES & IMMIGRANTS in our Workshop in Room 110. The Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea (Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries) and Tana Liu-Beers (Disciples Legal Immigration Counsel), together with impacted refugee and immigrant leaders will be presenting a workshop Tuesday, July 11, 8:45-10:45 a.m. on Welcoming Immigrants & Refugees: Hearing Affected Voices, Understanding Changes, Acting Beyond Rhetoric.

Come discuss how our faith intersects with one of the hottest topics of our time. We hear almost daily about refugees and immigrants in the news. But who are the refugees and immigrants that are connected with our congregations and partners as Disciples? And how are their lives, their churches, their families-and our communities together-being affected by rhetoric and policies that resist their presence among us?

We'll explore changes instituted through recent Executive Orders and their implementation, and hear stories of how immigrant and refugee families are hurting, coping, and seeking solidarity. Then we'll activate our faith to find ways past divisions and fear as we engage in Know Your Rights awareness, share welcoming models, practice rapid response strategies, and learn how our voices can help build justice and hope.

This workshop will connect with the "Immigrant Welcoming" resolution to be considered during the Assembly (See the resolution on at: or, and will also relate to the Emergency "Refugee Welcoming" resolution to be presented at the Assembly, as well.
7.  Wednesday-SUPPORT THE "REFUGEE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION."  Add your voice and vote to discussions of a refugee emergency resolution, anticipated to be considered during the Wednesday afternoon business meeting.  (The resolution will be posted upon approval.) 

8.  Also, if you are an international student, be sure to join Disciples Legal Counsel Tana Liu-Beers for the following discussion: From Student Visa to Green Card. -- Calling all seminary students! Please join Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel at General Assembly to learn how you might pursue your call to ministry in the U.S. long term. Come get information for yourself or for a friend. All are welcome. Please spread the word. This workshop will be on Monday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the DHM suite at the Marriott. (Room to be determined.) 
9.  And, as you return home from the Assembly on Thursday, July 13th, CALL IN FOR THIS WEBINAR at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, led by our American Friends Service Committee ecumenical colleagues: "How to Offer Sanctuary." Presenters will include pastors who have offered sanctuary in their congregation, an individual who has lived in sanctuary, an attorney who can help participants understand the legal challenges of sanctuary, and experienced community organizers at the local and national levels. 
RIM is excited to see you all at General Assembly 2017!!  
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Disciples Home Missions
Five Thomas Circle, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-4153

(202) 957-7826 (Cell)

Refugee & Immigration Ministries is a ministry of Disciples Home Missions in Partnership with the Christian Church Capital Area and the Disciples Center for Public Witness